Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
In her small town, dubbed Dullsville, sixteen-year-old Raven — a vampire-crazed goth-girl — is an outcast. But not for long...
The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.
Vampire Kisses is the first book in a series that currently has ten installments. I started reading (listening to) it after I downloaded the audio version as part of an Audible promotion (see post).
I imagine that Vampire Kisses is a short book as it was a relatively quick listen. I'm happy to report that I liked it much more than I thought I would. I chose Vampire Kisses from the list on free options because I wanted something light. I didn't really have high hopes for the book: teen paranormal titles can be very good, but in most cases they fall flat for me. I expected to lose patience with Raven, but instead found her to be an unexpectedly sympathetic protagonist. The paranormal element isn't overdone (in this first installment at least) and while I didn't finish the book dying to pick up the next in the series, I would be open to continuing with it.